What Is Metal Landscape Edging?


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Metal landscape edging is used to beautifully provide an edging in your garden. It looks elegant, strong, yet highly understated. It looks highly tailored and classic. Metal has edged its way into amateur home gardens to offer a clean-cut and practical solution to keep plants and materials in place.

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What Are The Benefits Of Metal Landscape Edging?

Metal edging draws a lot of attention to itself. Metal Landscape Edging offers numerous benefits:

  • Metal landscaping creates a clean distinction between garden beds, grass, paths, and driveways. This uses very little space and doesn’t cause much visual distraction.
  • It prevents the migration of garden materials like gravel and sand.
  • The grass does not creep into adjacent beds or paths if you go for metal landscaping.
  • Metal landscaping does not crack or chip. It neither becomes brittle during the cold weather.
  • It resists ground movement most often created from extreme weather conditions such as excessive rains or frost heave.

What metal is best for landscape edging?

The typical choice for metal landscaping is steel and aluminum.

  1. Steel is much stronger than the two. Steel holds its shape, pushes back against eroding earth and ground movement. It won’t bend under the pressure of a car tire. Untreated, steel is silver in color and develops a desirable rust patina that blends in well with any garden. It corrodes at a super slow rate. Even in its thin form, steel takes something like 40 years to rust.
  2. Heavy-gauge aluminum has its advantage as it does not rust. Hence it is an appealing choice for some. It is softer as compared to steel. It is a good choice for curvaceous installations. Aluminum lacks the strength of steel. However, this may not be an issue for most flat residential applications.
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How To Install Metal Landscape Edging?

Metal landscape edging usually comes in long strips of eight to ten feet. These have overlapping connections. The standard heights of the edging range from three to five inches high. It is chosen depending on how much protrusion above the soil is desired. For providing stability to best creeping grassroots, it is recommended to use metal edging two to three inches below the earth. This allows a sufficient edge above ground to retain gravel.

To install metal landscape edging, check your soil. If it is fairly soft, then you can simply use a wood block placed on top of the edging to push it to the desired depth. If the soil is hard, you need to first dig a slim trench in which you will bury the edging. Some metal edgings come along with anchors or slots for inserting the metal stakes. This makes installation much easier.

What Are The Styles Of Metal Landscape Edging?

Cast iron landscape edging has been used for centuries for lawns and gardens. Typically it resembles small fencing in classically ornamental designs. Cast iron edging is easy to install, easy to maintain, is durable. They look really pretty and classy. Metal landscaping is a great solution for a neat and clean garden

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